Week 14 marks the second week of your second trimester! This is the perfect time for pregnant mamas to plan for their upcoming prenatal appointments. You may also want to begin preparing for birth and making sure you are healthy and strong.
In this article we’ll discuss changes to expect during your fourteenth week. We’ll also cover what symptoms you may experience and how to prepare for them. By knowing these, mamas can enter this week feeling confident and excited!
The Development Of Your Baby At Week 14 Pregnancy
By now, your baby continues to grow and develop! They are now about the size of a kiwi fruit. Their heart is now fully formed and beating around 150 times per minute. Their facial features are also becoming more defined, including their eyes, ears and mouth. This is a very exciting time as your little one’s body begins to take on its own shape.
As early as now, you can see their features clearly on an ultrasound. Their movements are also becoming stronger and more coordinated, and can sometimes be felt by you. These movements are also called “quickening” and are cause for excitement!
Changes To Expect In Your Body
This time brings with it a host of changes, both physical and emotional.
Breasts Becoming Bigger
Your baby bump is growing larger and your breasts may become swollen in preparation for breastfeeding. This is entirely normal and is simply your body’s way of preparing for the upcoming months.
Baby Bump Expanding
Your baby bump is growing larger as your uterus continues to expand. You may also be feeling more movement from your little one. This can sometimes be uncomfortable. However, it is a sign of your baby’s healthy development.
You may experience an energized feeling during these weeks. This is because your body is providing more oxygen and nutrients to the baby.
This energy surge is only for now and will likely return later on. So, make sure to take advantage of it while you can!
Your body is now producing colostrum, which is the first form of milk for your baby. This is different from regular milk. It is specifically created to provide essential nutrients to your baby.
Colostrum has a yellowish color and is full of antibodies. It helps protect your baby during the first few months.
Symptoms To Expect
As with any trimester, so many symptoms are involved. During the fourteenth week, you may experience some of the following:
Heartburn Or Indigestion
This is a common symptom of pregnancy, especially during the second trimester. Heartburn or indigestion occurs due to the increased pressure on your digestive system. This can be managed with regular meals and avoiding spicy or greasy foods.
Headaches may occur due to stress or dehydration. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids and get enough rest.
Spotting can occur due to changes in your hormones during pregnancy. This is usually nothing to worry about. If it persists or is accompanied by cramping, you should consult with your doctor.
Constipation is also common during pregnancy. This can be caused by hormonal changes, so it’s important to eat plenty of fiber and drink lots of water.
Mood swings are a normal part of pregnancy. To help manage this, make sure to get plenty of rest and exercise regularly. It can also help to talk about your feelings with a friend or loved one.
This is another common symptom of pregnancy. Try eating smaller meals more frequently and avoiding foods that are high in salt or sugar.
These are caused by low levels of calcium and magnesium. Make sure to get enough of these nutrients in your diet or take a supplement if needed.
How To Prepare For Yourself And Your Baby
In addition to the physical changes, it’s important to prepare for this trimester. Here are some tips:
Take A Prenatal Vitamin
It’s important to take a prenatal vitamin every day. This will provide your baby with essential nutrients and can help prevent birth defects or other health issues. Your doctor can recommend the best one for you.
Regular exercise is important for both your physical and mental wellbeing. It can also help with managing any of the symptoms mentioned above. By now, you should start doing pelvic floor exercises to prepare for childbirth.
Eat A Balanced Diet
A balanced diet is important during pregnancy, especially now that your baby is growing rapidly. Make sure to get enough protein, fiber, and other essential vitamins and minerals. Nutrition is key during this time.
Start Planning For Labor And Delivery
Now is a good time to start researching hospitals and doctors for your birth. Start interviewing potential providers and make sure to do all the necessary paperwork ahead of time.
It’s also a good idea to start learning more about labor and delivery, as well as newborn care. If you haven’t taken prenatal and birthing classes, you should consider doing so soon.
Take Time For Yourself
It’s important to take time for yourself during this trimester. Make sure to get plenty of rest and do activities that make you happy. You may also want to set aside time to care for your skin, hair, and nails. This will help you stay healthy and relaxed throughout your pregnancy.
See Your Doctor
Make sure to make regular appointments with your doctor. This will help ensure your baby’s health and development. Your doctor can also answer any questions or concerns you may have.
By following these simple tips, you can make sure that both you and your baby stay healthy.
To Wrap Up
Pregnancy Week 14 is an important time for both you and your baby. Take time to look after yourself, get enough rest, eat a balanced diet, and take prenatal vitamins. Regular checkups with your doctor can help ensure that you and your baby are healthy. Finally, start preparing now for labor and delivery so that you can be ready when the time comes.
Good luck and enjoy!